Perhaps no vacation to Anaheim, California, is complete without a trip to Disneyland, but at the end of a day surrounded by the likes of energetic Disney characters, families decked out in Mickey Mouse ears and long lines for short rides, it’s nice to have a place where you can finally relax. During our stereotypical Spring Break, which was packed with fun (though touristy) activities, we were desperately in need of a place to call home for a few days, and we found it at the Lemon Tree Hotel.
We chose the Lemon Tree Hotel because of its proximity to Disneyland, but the price tag sealed the deal. Tucked just off the main drag, the Lemon Tree Hotel offers double rooms starting at $59 per night. At the price, I was a bit leery about the quality of the accommodations, but the hotel, though a bit aged, is clean, convenient and cute.
There is ample room for parking out front, and though there is no shuttle bus to Disney, it is only a couple miles a way if you want to walk. The lobby is homey and welcoming, with big, dark wood pieces of furniture and plenty of natural lighting throughout. The rooms have similar dark furniture with fun cross-hatched headboards and a window that opens (a rarity in hotel rooms, it seems). There was a big desk in our room, and I was able to work by the light of a desk lamp while my husband slept in in the morning.
The Lemon Tree Hotel offers a variety of room styles. We stayed in the standard hotel room, but studio apartments and family suites offer even more space including kitchens for larger parties and extended stays.
Wi-fi is available at the hotel for a fee, though we were given the code for free, I’m assuming because we were there for four nights. There is a pool on-site, though it closes at 10:00 p.m., so if you spend all day at the parks, you may not have time to take a dip. Finally, the Lemon Tree Hotel offers a simple complimentary breakfast each morning, which consists of cereal, yogurt, pastries, coffee and juice.
What I most appreciate about the property is that it is so close to all the action in Anaheim but it still manages to have charm and character without being outlandishly expensive. It would be so simple for all the accommodations in this neighborhood to be dirty and nasty, and for desk staff to be rude and unhelpful because the city sells itself, so it is really refreshing to find a hotel that offers a nice place to stay beyond all the action and energy.
Located at 1600 East Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, California.